Celine Dion Eurovision 1988

Saskatoon is about to get lit! On Monday the European Broadcasting Union — the body behind the original Eurovision Song Contest — announced a new international spin-off: Eurovision Canada.

The show will premiere in 2023. It will features artists “from each of the 10 provinces and three territories.”

As fans of the world’s second-biggest country know, that means we’ll see talents representing: Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Newfoundland & Labrador, Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut. 

Canucks have given the world a lot of culture — particularly when it comes to pop music. Drake, Justin Bieber and The Weeknd have been tearing up the charts in recent years — as did their predecessors Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sarah McLachlan and Shania Twain.

The United States’ northern neighbour has also gifted Eurovision fans one of their biggest icons: Celine Dion, who famously won the contest for Switzerland in 1988.

The news that Eurovision Canada will hit the airwaves next year creates something of a trend. During Eurovision 2019, the EBU confirmed that the American Song Contest was in the works. 

That series debuted last month to a lukewarm response (if ratings are anything to go by). But producers have previously said they understand it will take a few editions for the show to catch fire. ASC will reach its grand conclusion on May 9.

Are you excited about this latest spin-off of Eurovision? What countries could be next? Let us know down below…

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noone
noone
9 months ago

I think it would be better if Canada just joins Eurovision. It’s half French and has close cultural ties to France and Europe. It certainly deserves it more than Australia and since Russia and Belarus aren’t coming back anytime soon, we have 2 vacant spots.

siracire
siracire
9 months ago

“The format will position artists head-to-head against other provincial/territorial representatives in a series of televised Qualifier Competitions, leading to Semi-Finals and the ultimate primetime Grand Finale.”

This format does not make any sense. There are 10 provinces and 3 Territories. Why not all 13 compete in one night – similar to old years of Eurovision when there were no semi-finals and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Misha
9 months ago

What about NELLY FURTADO? Why nobody’s mention her?

Nils
Nils
9 months ago

Cool for the Canadians. But don’t call it ‘Eurovision’ if it hasn’t got anything in common with the real thing.

PP77
PP77
9 months ago

No USA, Canada in ESC ,and also no Australia from 2023.

TheDrMistery
TheDrMistery
9 months ago

“The country that gave us Drake…”

No, thanks.

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  TheDrMistery

The country that gave us Avril Lavigne, Simple Plan, Celine Dion, Ryan Reynolds, Nathan Fullion, Natasha St. Pier, Lara Fabian (indirectly), Degrassi.

Luísa
Luísa
9 months ago

I just want something for the rest of the american countries ??´???? it’d be so fun…

Luísa
Luísa
9 months ago
Reply to  Luísa

wiwi why won’t you let me use emoticons

Matt Church
Matt Church
9 months ago
Reply to  Luísa

I thought I saw there was one in development for Spanish speaking countries + Portugal and Brazil

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago

Well, this means only an OTI revival is impending…

carlos
carlos
9 months ago

If the US and Canada want their song contests….thats fine, I hope they enjoy them but PLEASE don’t merge them with Eurovision. There’s no hate at all but let us enjoy our tradition as it is/was

Musimak
Musimak
9 months ago

Yyayy… I’m both French and Canadian so I couldn’t be happier with that news 🙂

Eglutt
Eglutt
9 months ago

a what now? Can’t they just unite countries in the Americas, it’s the whole point of the competition

Lolek
Lolek
9 months ago

Omg I woke up and thought this was a prank, but I am so happy we are getting our own song contest!!! I’m looking forward to this!

Xxx
Xxx
9 months ago

We don’t want it.

Anna
Anna
9 months ago

I mean just let them in Eurovision like Austrailia. Canada (well at least the east) are very much like a European country so why not…They can replace Belarus/Russia

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
9 months ago
Reply to  Anna

Australia is enough, I’d rather have them focus on bringing back the likes of Bosnia – Herzegovina and Slovakia instead.

Denis
Denis
9 months ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

Slovakia does’nt want to come back so why put effort on someone who is not interested?
And B& H broadcaster is on the verge of shutting down so what is EBU going to do?

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
9 months ago
Reply to  Denis

I don’t know, just saying that if I had to choose I’d much rather have two countries that are actually European back, especially B&H due to some of their past entries.

Nils
Nils
9 months ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

Jon Ola Sand once spoke of 46 countries as the maximum. I’d say: just make 46 countries the standard. And if those 46 can’t be reached with EBU member countries alone, just invite other countries from around the world to participate at their own expenses (of course they’d have to go through the semis as well).

Valentino
Valentino
9 months ago

So unlike the ASC, this one comes as a surprise! Will we see new spin offs in the years to come? Hopefully we’ll see Asiavision someday.

Isabella
Isabella
9 months ago

another flopped contest, mr. @?

JustAnESCFan
JustAnESCFan
9 months ago

Worldvision is near!

Sabrina
Sabrina
9 months ago

I wouldn’t be worried about these North American spin-offs damaging the real Eurovision but I wonder if, in case of flops (I don’t know if ASC improved its ratings and the level of the entries, sadly I lost interest a couple of weeks ago), this will make more difficult to make more people watch ESC in these countries. In any case, I hope the Canadians fan have fun with it and that their show manages to carry Eurovision’s spirit better than its neighbour from the South.

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago

Tegan and Sara, please.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
9 months ago

This is awesome! Wish they would just integrate Eurovision Canada with ESC seeing the show has just lost Belarus and Russia but seeing how some fans are very protective of the “brand”, I guess it won’t happen anytime soon.

Azuro
Azuro
9 months ago

How long before Afro vision?
Might lose it’s appeal when Niigeria fixes the televote every year.

sam
sam
9 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

i think an african version has already happened, just at a way smaller scale. i would honestly love to see it done properly though

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
9 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

You could at least try to hide your racism, you know.

esc_fl
esc_fl
9 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

There was the Afrimusic Song Contest, but it was a much smaller scale and the last edition was 2020.

no.
no.
9 months ago

No. Hell no. Stop making eurovision spin offs¡

Azuro
Azuro
9 months ago

13 songs seems a bit lame.
There are National Finals with more entries than that

Lollipopmonster
Lollipopmonster
9 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

The Eurovision (former known as Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson Européenne) had started in 1956 with 7 countries …..so 13 songs are not such a big problem.

Nils
Nils
9 months ago

Still nothing but a national final, tbh.

Denis
Denis
9 months ago

Sounds very fascinating. Canada is having a musical renaissance right now and many of our most listened to artists are Canadian so no doubt it will be good
I for one can’t wait to hear what Nunavut will bring us. And I have a secret fantasy The Tragically Hip will somehow reunite and give us that unique Canadian sound..

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
9 months ago

Eurovision is like the Olympic Games. You might not like archery but since it is the Olympic Games and your country is participating you watch it.
CanadaVision is like an archery national competition. Would you watch your country’s archery Cup? I doubt it. I even doubt your national tv would air the National Archery Cup.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

If you put it that way, maybe. But in reality, the show will probably end up like Sanremo which continue to enjoy high rating and audience number year after year even when they suspended their participation in Eurovision.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
9 months ago

Or maybe like the USVision…

Karl
Karl
9 months ago

I hope it will be a proper bilingual show where everything is in English and French, not just the token French words sprinkled here and there like it’s done in Eurovision.

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  Karl

As far as I know, the CBC is the country’s only bilingual broadcaster, providing services for both English and French-speaking communities.

Im so fab
Im so fab
9 months ago

As long they don’t ruin the original Eurovision, EBU can create as many rip-offs as they want. I wil never care about them anyway.

Green
Green
9 months ago

Eurovision has a beautiful story of uniting people from all over europe and the world. It was born out of war and has become one of the most diverse and liberal events ever. What is the point of Canada or USA getting a version of their own? I honestly would rather they just participate in the real Eurovision

Im so fab
Im so fab
9 months ago
Reply to  Green

What? HelI no…

DGD
DGD
9 months ago
Reply to  Im so fab

Why not? You fans are getting annoying. I hate these spinoffs and I agree, at least Canada should be in Eurovision.

Jezinky
Jezinky
9 months ago
Reply to  Green

What? Hell no… x2

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
9 months ago
Reply to  Green

Eurovision literally just kicked out two participants in recent years. What unity are y’all talking about?

James
James
9 months ago

Canada is also a very big country.

Cjzammit
Cjzammit
9 months ago

Soon we will hear about China vision lol

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
9 months ago

At first I thought that William was having a laugh with us, but the story also dropped on Eurovision.tv and Deadline. Eh.
No broadcast partner announced yet, by the way.
Canada has always had great musicians, so even a 13-act show should be good. Quebec will probably bring the only song in French, of course.

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Or English as Quebec also gave us Simple Plan. 🙂

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
9 months ago
Reply to  James

There’s always an exception, and one who knows it.

Jon
Jon
9 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

New/Nouvelle Brunswick is very bilingual, so they might bring songs in French too, or maybe mixed-language songs. And we might get to hear songs in Inuit from Nunavut or NW Territories. That would be really interesting!!

Mariah
Mariah
9 months ago

Gotta love Celine. You just can’t get any more fabulous than that.

Essie
Essie
9 months ago
Reply to  Mariah

Peak 80’s style

Dani
9 months ago

“It will features artists from each of the 10 provinces and three territories.”
Come. On. Now.
Does anyone really believe that someone would take interest in a competition between*districts in Canada*?!
Just admit that you’re turning Eurovision into a worldwide reality show like The Voice and stop pretending it’s about cultural differences. And personally I hope it fails like asc because it cheapens esc and ignoring its meaning and its inseparable connection to Europe, from way back in history.

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  Dani

Of creating bridges, uniting people through their love of music?

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
9 months ago
Reply to  Dani

I’m curious and would watch the show. But you’re right—some people probably not gonna enjoy a boring song competition between districts of Canada. Why would they? Europe is the center of the world and everywhere else is irrelevant. /s

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
9 months ago

Unlike ASA I actually don’t mind this for some reason, probably because I like Canada more than USA lol

EurofanGR
EurofanGR
9 months ago

Another melodifestivalen marketed as eurovision? No thanks

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  EurofanGR

Considering Melodifestivalen is considered the gold standard for Eurovision national selections because of its production values and it being closest in format with the Contest itself.

Ignonito
Ignonito
9 months ago

Canada does everything better then USA. So this will be better.

John
John
9 months ago

OMG. It’s an infestation. I’m having Nunavut.

Polegend Godnova
9 months ago

i’m sure this will work out better than its unnecessarily long american counterpart. i had no idea there was a market for this, especially considering how low the asc’s ratings were, but we’ll see !

Ukraine stan
Ukraine stan
9 months ago

Canadians are very proud of their diversity, they’d know how to get as many different styles as possible into those 13 entries, won’t blend together as much as +50% of asc does

Anna
Anna
9 months ago

I probably wouldn’t mind it somewhere in the future, but why so early? American version appeared only this year, wouldn’t it be more rational to concentrate on it, put more efforts and money? There’re a lot of things that still might be improved in ASC

Im so fab
Im so fab
9 months ago
Reply to  Anna

ASC (X-Factor in disguise) has flopped, EBU might even think of putting it on hiatus indefinitely. They want another contest to replace it. And this is where Canada comes into play.

musica
musica
9 months ago

I think the Eurovision producers don’t understand that the appeal of Eurovision is, partly, that it’s so uniquely European. You can’t reproduce that in the US or Canada. It’s not a concept like The Voice which you can just copy-paste to basically every country on earth. Nobody knows it’s originally a Dutch show, because there’s nothing Dutch about it. That’s different with Eurovision.

Héctor
Héctor
9 months ago
Reply to  musica

It is easier to reproduce in the US than in Canada though. You know, because of the 50 (or 52) states

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
9 months ago
Reply to  musica

What does “uniquely European” even mean? Eurovision is just a song contest pitting different countries together and with Eurovision Canada they are scaling it down to different provinces instead. There’s nothing much to it.

Nils
Nils
9 months ago

Yes, but wHy scale it down to regional level instead of trying to produce one contest for all of the americas?

musica
musica
9 months ago

Eurovision isn’t just a song contest. All the cultures, politics, languages, neighbourly feuds, local tastes, everything comes into play. You can’t tell me that the same kind of sentiment exists between, say, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Nikki
Nikki
9 months ago

1- If Priyanka is in, I’m in.
2- John Reardon as Nova Scotia spokesperson. Please and thank you

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
9 months ago
Reply to  Nikki

+1 for Priyanka. Yasss.

This is the sort of conversation I wanna listen to, rather than people debating whether or not the song contest is necessary in the first place.

Scott
Scott
9 months ago

Hmmmmm- the issue here is the America Song Contest…. which has had some really good aspects but is fast degenerating into a diluted X Factor- the franchising of ESC needs to be handled with car- I am hopeful the Canadian version can elevate beyond just another version of X Factor shrouded in a time honoured label.(ESC)

Nikki
Nikki
9 months ago
Reply to  Scott

My favourite show (originally from Austria) has a Canadian Version and honestly, I did have my fears it would be too much American-ish, but they are doing a good job keeping with the spirit and the things I’ve always loved from the show since Vienna Days.

So, I have more trust on the Canadians doing a good job keeping the Eurovision Spirit than on the Americans.

Sisi
Sisi
9 months ago
Reply to  Nikki

You mean Hudson and Rex/Kommissar Rex? XD

Nikki
Nikki
9 months ago
Reply to  Sisi

Oh, yes. Good to see someone else who knows the show here.

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  Nikki

To be fair, the US did a good job adapting the UK’s Ghosts, The Office and Shameless, and Sweden’s Expedition Robinson.

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  Scott

“Diluted X Factor” would mean having judges eating 99% of screentime and making it all about them.

Rifki
Rifki
9 months ago

EBU preferring Canada instead of the continent of Asia? ignoring a region that should have had it far earlier for the past few years now? really EBU, really? what in the world are they even thinking? if I was one of them in the EBU team, I would decide to not expand to another region/country/continent unless Asia had got it properly.

sri jayawardenapura kotte
sri jayawardenapura kotte
9 months ago
Reply to  Rifki

Thats true

Polegend Godnova
9 months ago
Reply to  Rifki

it’s much easier to organize the canadian song contest than asiavision. asia is a continent with far more serious political issues than europe.

Rifki
Rifki
9 months ago

but it is not an apple-to-apple expansion. Eurovision is a continental event, and the proper expansion will be from a continent to another (Asia, the whole Americas, Africa), and then Worldvision as the pinnacle.

Essie
Essie
9 months ago
Reply to  Rifki

Continental event but the Eastern half of the continent was excluded for 30 years because of politics…

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
9 months ago
Reply to  Rifki

Eurovision Asia was abandoned due to complicated political issues (China bans South Korean pop culture, for example). It just goes to show how lucky Europeans are to enjoy Eurovision year after year.

sri jayawardenapura kotte
sri jayawardenapura kotte
9 months ago

This can only probably be fake. There are regions with millions of people and others with only some thousand and that are hard to reach.

sri jayawardenapura kotte
sri jayawardenapura kotte
9 months ago

Ooo i really thought it was at first aha but after reading the comments i dont think it is. a lot of my favourite artists are from Canada so let’s see how it will be

Matthew
Matthew
9 months ago

As a Canadian I am so happy! We have a huge music scene with a huge variety of genres, we can be getting french music from Quebec, and songs in native languages from the territories! I understand the backlash, but this show won’t hurt Eurovision in the slightest.

Efthymios
Efthymios
9 months ago

AAAAHHH, SUCH EXCITING NEWS! And, since Canada does kind of have a bigger sense of self-respect for their country, I really hope their own version of the National Song Contest is better than the American one, lol (Washington and Oregon clear).

Thallo
Thallo
9 months ago

God…

Jonny
Jonny
9 months ago

What is your problem with him?

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonny

We’ll all get wrinkles when we get to his age.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonny

Problem? His American Song Contest experiment is crashing and burning. I hope Canada doesn’t make the same mistake by hiring him.

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

It doesn’t really take one to soley do the tango. It’s an entire team of executives who runs ASC, not just Christer.

Darren
Darren
9 months ago

Out of all of the attempts to bring the Eurovision brand and format to non-European parts of the world, I actually think Eurovision Canada stands the best chance of becoming successful. Canada offers more diversity, but also having French as an official language, they can offer the same presenting style as regular ESC and the same points allocation format too, like we can actually get a “nil point” as per the regular Eurovision. I can see this one becoming quite big. It will be much more closer in style to the actual Eurovision than the American Song Contest, or what… Read more »

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  Darren

To be fair, while the US doesn’t have an official language, its two most spoken languages, English and Spanish was well reflected the songs in contention. We got a sizeable amount of songs sung in Spanish.

Darren
Darren
9 months ago
Reply to  James

American Song Contest feels more like an American version of Melfest rather than Eurovision.
My point being that I think Eurovision Canada will actually be much closer in style in our original Eurovision.

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  Darren

It has to do more of accommodating 56 of its states and territories and figuring out a way to get people living across multiple timezones to take part, if it’s the 3 round-style format you’re referring to. That’s the thing with adapting, you have to make necessary changes in an already-established structure. If given the chance to be renewed for another year, then a change in the format is more than needed. Melfest, being a show specifically made to select an act for ESC, and ESC itself started going to where they are now more or less around the same… Read more »